In this article, we’re going to explore the dos and don’ts of accessorising. They may be the difference between becoming the victim a fashion crime scene or a fashion slayer. Taking a few statement items in your wardrobe and turning them into limitless options can seem impossible. But it can be done with a bit of versatility and the right accessories.
Accessorising Can Make you a Master of Style
Accessorising is an art form. If done correctly, you can take an ensemble from plain-jane to pure sass! It might seem intimidating but knowing how to match your clothing to your accessories means you’re one step closer to becoming a master of style. Follow these simple dos and don’ts when it comes to fine-tuning your look this season:
The Dos of Accessorising
Because it’s all about that base, bout that base…
It all starts with setting your base for the look you’re planning. Is it ripped jeans and a buttoned-up shirt for a boyfriend look or a boho dress on a hot summer’s day? If your base outfit is colourful, maybe it’s best to keep your accessories simple. Alternatively, if your outfit is a neutral or monotone colour, adding loud, colourful accessories will look sophisticated and fun. Remember to always consider the prints and textures of your garments and accessories.
When it comes to jewellery, sometimes more is more
When it comes to your jewellery decisions, sometimes it’s ok for you to be extra. Adding simple, classic pieces to a more pronounced statement piece, can create volume and texture to your overall look. This must be done right so make sure to keep the aesthetic clean. You can do this by not mixing different patterns and textiles that don’t complement each other.
Manage your patterns and colours
One pattern per outfit. That’s kind of the rule. And although many are breaking the boundaries of this rule (some successfully while others are causing car crashes) you must admit that wearing polka dots and stripes simultaneously is a feat most will never get right. Therefore, match your colours and your patterns well.
If you think of each piece as a continuation of the next, this will create flow and you’ll achieve effortless style. By way of a practical example, your shoes and belt should talk to each other and then they should both uplift the jewellery you choose – maybe pairing a brown belt or handbag with gold jewellery.
The Don’ts of Accessorising
Most times, less is more
I know I previously said that adding extra jewellery to elevate a statement piece works well. However, for the most part, the rule for timeless style is that less is truly more. A masterpiece accessory set against a monotone outfit is a look no one ever gets tired of. Therefore, try not be tempted to go overboard with colours and accessories which will help you to avoid looking like an eyesore.
Cheap and Cheerful
You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to buying accessories and jewellery. Cheap doesn’t have to look cheap. Take the time to search for well-made affordable accessories that will be ever-useful partners in looking your best.
Symmetry is Everything
Not every accessory works for everyone or with every outfit. At the end of the day, your decisions for your pieces should be driven by finding good matches and perfect symmetry. For example, chokers don’t accentuate all necklines, thick, long necklaces should not be worn with high-neck tops and choosing your earrings is dictated by your hairstyle.
Your Personal Style
Most important of all the dos and don’ts of accessorising is to follow your intuition and have fun. No one has a hold or a say on your personal style – it’s your secret sauce.
The Dos and Don’ts of Accessorising Conclusion
Finally, make sure to wear items that you feel good in. You don’t have to sacrifice your comfort for your style (I mean, sometimes you really do have to, but not always). Although I hope that these accessorising tips have given you some inspiration, it’s important you know I’m all for letting your personal brand flag fly high and whatever you choose to wear, do it with pride.